The Daily Populous

Tuesday October 5th, 2021 evening edition

image for The Queen's estate has been dragged into the Pandora Papers — it appears to have bought a $91 million property from Azerbaijan's ruling family, who have been repeatedly accused of corruption

The Queen's Crown Estate appears to have bought a $91 million property from Azerbaijan's ruling family.

The estate bought the property in London in 2018, The Guardian reported, citing the Pandora Papers.

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev has been accused of vote-rigging, human rights abuses, and bribery.

News outlets reported Sunday that The Crown Estate, which owns and manages property and land on behalf of the Queen, appears to have bought a £66.5 million ($91 million) property from the family of Azerbaijan's president in 2018.

The BBC reported that Ilham Aliyev's family appeared to have made a £31 million ($42 million) profit on the sale of the property to The Crown Estate, citing leaked documents known as the Pandora Papers.

Aliyev became president of Azerbaijan in 2003 following the death of his father Heydar, who'd ruled as president for 10 years.

Hiniz itself had bought the property for £35.5 million ($48 million) in 2009, The Guardian reported. »

Rare Arabian leopard cub is born, raising hopes for the species’ survival

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The birth of an Arabian leopard cub in Saudi Arabia is fuelling hope for the survival of one of the world’s most critically endangered animals.

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has just announced that the female cub was born on April 23 at the Arabian Leopard Breeding Center in Taif, Saudi Arabia.

Dr Ahmed Almalki, the Royal Commission’s nature reserves director, said the birth represented “one step further towards reviving the Arabian leopard”. »

‘Exhausted and underpaid’: teachers across the US are leaving their jobs in numbers

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A shortage of teachers in the US was already a growing problem before the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in high poverty schools.

Some schools have closed when too many teaching positions could not be filled, while others grapple with higher than normal teacher vacancies, leaving remaining teachers overworked.

“They don’t give us numbers or report it but we see in our buildings how we’re all needed to sub for missing teachers. »

6-year-old finds mastodon tooth in Michigan nature preserve

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Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A 6-year-old walking with his family in a Michigan nature preserve made a rare discovery: a 12,000-year-old mastodon tooth.

Julian Gagnon, 6, was walking with his family in the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve on Sept. 6 when he found an object that he initially identified to his parents as a "dragon's tooth.".

The family contacted the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontologists, which identified the discovery as the upper right molar of a juvenile mastodon, a species that lived in Michigan about 12,000 years ago. »

Pandora Papers: An offshore data tsunami

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The Pandora Papers investigation also reveals how banks and law firms work closely with offshore service providers to design complex corporate structures.

The Pandora Papers information – the 2.94 terabytes in more than 11.9 million records – comes from 14 providers that offer services in at least 38 jurisdictions.

The Pandora Papers presented a new challenge because the 14 providers had different ways of presenting and organizing information. »